With retro and recycling being the flavours of the moment, how very on-trend of the Antic pub company to convert a former 1960s post office into their latest bar. Interesting spaces abound in this building, with back offices converted into a variety of kitsch snugs – my favourite being the one with the metal strong room door (presumably where bags of cash were stashed for paying out pensions and benefits).
The main room has a European-beer-hall-meets-working-man’s-club vibe: cosy, low-lit banquette nooks to the side, while centre stage it’s all cheap formica tables and industrial-strength lino. A generous wooden bar emulates the original post office counter – albeit without the attack-resistant payment windows.
A lively and mixed clientele seemed to be enjoying the great ska/indie soundtrack and excellent beers, from the likes of Meantime and Moor Beer Company. Sadly, the wine was uninspiring, and the food the wrong kind of retro: think school dinners circa 1970, that is, all lumpy mash, watery soup and chewy calf’s liver. The offer was marginally boosted by a half-decent burger and a surprisingly good pear and peach crumble, but we’d say this bar’s strictly for the beer drinkers.